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Evening Reception

On 20 March 2012, the Deputy High Commissioner for Canada Mr Claude Boucher and Mrs Isabelle Mignault hosted an evening reception on behalf of the Maple Leaf Trust, featuring guest speaker, Ms Jacynthe Côté, CEO of Rio Tinto Alcan.

The evening was a thank you to our VIP Corporate and individual supporters of the Maple Leaf Trust. More than 50 guests attended and enjoyed a musical interlude provided by two members of the Jacquin Trio, featuring pianist Charis Cheung, a recipient of a 2010-2011 scholarship from the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund, one of the charities supported by the Trust. Their charm and great stage presence as well as their excellent musical talent were a fitting testimony to the benefits of supporting our young scholars.

Ms Côté provided us with a fascinating insight into Rio Tinto Alcan’s position as a global company and on their commitment to corporate responsibility to the environment, employees and dedication to supporting Canadian youth. Her comments were well received by our guests and we were especially thankful for her thoughtful answers to questions raised at the end of her talk.


Dinner Dance 2011


March 3rd 2011 was a great evening for the Maple Leaf Trust and the Canadian community here in the UK. The Maple Leaf Trust Dinner Dance was a black tie affair for 70 very happy and generous guests.

We are thrilled to say that the evening generated an increase in funds from the previous years. Thank you to all who gave so generously on March 3rd.
The spectacular success of this event was the result of a very dedicated Organising Committee, the gracious hospitality of the High Commissioner and his wife, and the staff of the High Commission who ensured that the evening flowed seemlessly. Of course, we thank our countless donors for their lovely auction and raffle items. We also thank the corporate sponsor TD Securities and our special sponsors: Mission Hill Wines, Anthony Von Mandl, Canadian Affair, Bob and Anne Van Gieson, Victor and Mona Dahdaleh, Karen Johnson, John and Karen Murphy, Ernst and Young.
Next year we hope to welcome our guests from the Canadian community to the 60th Annivesary Ball at the Savoy on May19th, 2012. You won’t want to miss it!
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Dinner and Auction 2010

On 13 May, proud members of the Canadian community in the UK and their guests gathered at the High Commissioner’s Official Residence to salute Canadian musicians living or working in the UK and, most importantly, to support other Canadians living in need in this country – the mission of the Maple Leaf Trust.
Following a delightful performance by cellist, Christian Elliott, a 2008 Canadian Centennial Scholarship winner (funded by the Maple Leaf Trust), guests were treated to the melodic voices of the 1607 Ensemble. During their brief presentation, they sang two pieces by Clement Ishmael, a Canadian composer of great acclaim, most notably for his compositions performed on Broadway and in West End. We were delighted to have Clement as our special guest that evening. A very special note of thanks to MLT Trustee and Event Vice Chair, Fawn White who organized the musical portion of the evening and to Karen and John Murphy of Ernest and Young for underwriting this very special facet of the evening.
After a lovely dinner with excellent Ontario wines so kindly donated by Clare Barnett of the Ontario International Marketing Centre, our High Commissioner donned his Habs jersey to begin the centrepiece of the evening: the live auction. This year, the variety of items was exceptional including a highly prized photo by Canadian musician and award winning photographer, Bryan Adams, highly coveted tickets to the upcoming premiere of Sex and City 2, a lovely scarf by Canadian designer (and another Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund scholarship winner), Erdem, tickets to Diana Krall to mention but a few. Prizes were arranged by Canadian community members including CWC members Fawn White, Kate Brundage, Donna Thomson and Lynne Flanagan Thank you ladies!
Besides our very generous bidders with us that evening, I want to thank the team who worked on the online auction. Canadian Affair’s Kathryn Munro and Anette Rayner together with CWC member, Barbara Richards organized our second online auction that concluded the previous evening. Besides travel, online prizes included VIP tickets to the recent Michael Buble and Metric concerts. (Both winners have reported truly amazing evenings!) Barbara not only liaised with Canadian Affair but also designed and produced all of communication materials for this event. My sincerest thanks to Barbara for all her work.
With the exceedingly generous support of our High Commissioner, our fundraising dinner was a huge success – raising record proceeds of in excess of £20,000.

Dinner and Auction 2009

The residence of the High Commissioner on Grosvenor Square was the scene of an exclusive evening as Canadians, British and international guests gathered for the 2009 Maple Leaf Dinner and Auction. Before dinner, guests enjoyed music provided by Canadian jazz guitarist Jamie Moore.
At 8:00pm, guests were ushered into the dining room to hear welcoming remarks by H.E. High Commission James Wright (Patron of the Maple Leaf Trust), his wife Donna Thomson (Honorary President of the CWC) and Margaret Wickware (President of the CWC).

During dessert, 20 happy winners selected gifts for themselves from our raffle table including truly Canadian gifts of Lucy Waverman cookbooks, gourmet goodies courtesy of the province of Alberta, Timothy Han body products, spa certificates, ice wine and epicurean delights from The Canada Shop a signed Diana Krall CD, a CBC gift bag of books, wine and many many more items.

To top off the evening, auctioneer Jim Wright commenced the live bidding with great panache. Canadian Affair was extremely generous in donating numerous trips, Whiskey sampling and a camera. Other donors provided a “week at the cottage experience”, image consulting and escapes. NFL football tickets were donated by the Province of Alberta. Two tickets for Lionel Ritchie at the O2 centre created a flurry of bids, followed by spirited competition for a holiday week at a flat in Tuscany! All bids and the final prize of “Dinner for Six” at the High Commissioner’s residence raised big-hearted funds for the very worthy cause of the Maple Leaf Trust.
It was a wonderfully successful night. We truly thank everyone for coming and giving so generously! We look forward to next year.

If you would like to support any of our generous donors, buy a CD from our jazz musician, shop for Timothy Han products, etc here are some websites for you to peruse:

• Canadian guitarist Jamie Moore. You can also reach Jamie by emailing
Michael Garry’s luxurious Belgravia gym
• An image make-over at Moi et Me
• Rent a flat in Tuscany, contact Jennifer at
• Beautiful body products by Canadian Timothy Han
Incredible You Spa

With thanks for your support,
The CWC Organizing Committee: Margaret Wickware, Patty Bell, Teresa Howe and Barbara Richards

To view all the photos from the evening, please click here.

submitted by Teresa Howe, Vice-President, Canadian Women’s Club